West Vancouver Child Development Center

Our Programs

The West Vancouver Child Development Centre (WVCDC) offers a structured, play-based program for infants to preschoolers.  Our philosophy is to focus on the child first and then build outward from there.  We value the statement “children’s play is children’s work.”  Adequate children’s play ultimately leads to a productive and satisfying adult life and working career.  An undue focus on achievement-oriented activities tends to thwart this natural outgrowth of play.  One of the primary requirements of our staff is to have a comprehensive understanding of play and its relationship to learning.

 

The morning routines are similar to a preschool, with art and storytimes, as well as music, French, movement/gym classes and storytime visits to a neighbourhood seniors’ centre. The afternoons have more free-play times, including outside play, nap and snack times. The structure of routines and activities help build a sense of security and predictability within the child’s environment.  The activities also nurture new, exploratory experiences.

Infant and Toddler Program

 

The Infant and Toddler Program follows the structured, play-based model.  Our philosophy is to focus on the child first and then build outward from there. For a day in the life of an infant or toddler at the WVCDC, click here: Infant and Toddler schedule .  The following are additional components of the program.

MUSIC CLASS

This fun and entertaining class is led Kerry Burke as part of his successful “Let’s Make Music!” program. It involves learning about rhythm and beat, and includes a variety of experiences suc as percussion drums, singing, world beat, group participantion, “u-play,” dance and movement.

HOT LUNCH

Magic Lunch box, Dundarave Sushi and Domino’s pizza are wonderful additions to our hot lunch program.

3-5 Years Old Program

 

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM

Our Preschool Program includes theme-based stories, songs, science, and art activities to enrich the young minds of the future. The design of our centre gives us the ability to separate the children into two groups: a younger one (of young 3 and 4 year olds) and an older group (of older 4 and 5 year olds). This enables us to create activities that are engaging and age appropriate for all of the children in the Centre.

As a preschool within a daycare, we also have the ability to use the entire morning to complete our activities at a slower pace since our program is not limited to the typical two and a half hour session.

For a day in the life of a preschooler at the WVCDC, click here: 3-5 Year Old Schedule

 

PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM

Our Pre–K Program is for our older 4’s who will be entering kindergarten in the following September. This program takes place from 1:00 to 2:00 in the afternoon during naptime. We work on the alphabet, numbers, sequencing, listening skills, right and left, and other basic skills to help the children get a head start for kindergarten.

 

FRENCH CLASS

Facilitated by instructor Madam Natalie, this class brings the French language and culture into our world and is a wonderful introduction to learning another language. This program is based on songs, pictures, mime, movement, games, rhymes and book reading.  Together the children travel on fantastic trips using French, for example, to row a boat to Easter Island, or pretend that they are squirrels searching for nuts in the fall.  The use of the imagination and curiosity in their journeys inspire inquiry, discovery and a fun way to learn language.

 

MUSIC CLASS

This fun and entertaining class is led Kerry Burke as part of his successful “Let’s Make Music!” program. It involves learning about rhythm and beat, and includes a variety of experiences  as percussion drums, singing, world beat, group participation, “u-play,” dance and movement.

 

RHYTHM & MOVEMENT CLASS

SEYMOUR DANCE STUDIO, RUNS THIS WONDERFULLY CREATIVE RHYTHM AND MOVEMENT CLASS FOR OUR 3-5 YEAR OLD PROGRAM.  BRING OUT YOUR DANCING SHOES AND GET INTO THE GROOVE!

 

HOT LUNCH PROGRAM

Pasta, pizza, sushi and more are offered are options for parents to order for our weekly hot lunch program on Tuesday (excluding the summer months). For a sample menu, please see Parent News postings. 

 

VISITING GRANDMAS & GRANDPAS PROGRAM

This program takes place through the Capilano Care Centre.  It is a great opportunity for the children to spend quality time with seniors and build those magical connections that can only happen between the young and old.  We go bowling, sing songs, play with cuddles the bunny, enjoy time in the sensory room, do art activities and share cookies and juice. 

 

SUMMER FUN FIELD TRIP PROGRAM

During our Summer Fun Program, children of various ages travel many miles, exploring our beautiful city.  We have been to New Westminster Quay, Dundarave beach, Bowen Island and many points in between.

2478 Haywood Avenue

West Vancouver, BC

V7V 1Y1

Phone: 604 926-7072

Fax: 604 926-7038

Email: wvcdcdaycare@gmail.com